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Where service reigns supreme

Shyam Sundar Vattam traces the absorbing history of Holy Name Cathedral in Hubli, which celebrated its platinum jubilee this August

Holy Name Cathedral, situated at Christian Colony in Ghantikeri, Hubli, has completed its platinum jubilee. The cathedral boasts of a rich history, that entails the hard work put in by the Christian missionaries in setting up the holy place in this part of north Karnataka. 

In 1919, Rev A L Bradbury was posted to India to preach and train the backward community as well as prisoners as per the orders of Mr Start. Accordingly, Rev Bradbury came to Hubli and started holding religious meetings. He started a Kannada Primary School for imparting education to the children belonging to the backward classes. The school was managed by Ms Bradbury, who educated women about hygiene and cleanliness. Missionaries Miss Edward, Miss Wrvik and Miss Brisco also equally contributed for the cause.

In 1925, Rev Bradbury decided to build a church in Ghantikeri area. For this purpose, he sold off his entire property in England and collected the required fund for the construction of the church. The foundation for this church was laid by Rev Canon Remington in 1928, who named it as ‘Holy Name’. Rev Bradbury took the help of prisoners in constructing the church. Besides, Lukas and Lodge, two main sculptors came all the way from Manchester to help in building the church. Samuelappa Hirekerur, Dandelappa Mara and Sumantappa Peter did the wooden work of the church. The new church was inaugurated on August 7, 1928 by Rev Wilson. Rev Mara was appointed as assistant pastor. Among those noted English missionaries who contributed their services to this church include Mr Bartlate, Rev Remington, Rev Fr Gardner and Rev Hamarton. There are 14 crosses in the surroundings of the church to enable services during lent.

In 1929, Rev Bradbury formed Ghantikeri Christian Housing Society and allotted plots to the Christian community in that area. This shows the commitment Rev Bradbury had towards community development. In 1944 when all SPG Missionaries returned to their country, the important work of serving the community was taken up by Rev Rubdi. Rev Mara, Rev Jamkhandi, and Rev Hegade also involved themselves in the work. Helping them in their mission were Poulappa Arawatagi, Basavasappa Peter and Goudar. The church received the first Rt Rev N C Sargent as Bishop of Church of South India. The church was declared as Holy Name Cathedral on May 1, 1970 and included in Karnataka Northern Diocese. 

This church has a distinction of having the ordain of first Indian Bishop Rt Rev William Karl on April 25, 1971 and since then the church has been the centre stage for all religious activities. Subsequently, Rt Rev V P Dandin and Rt Rev PJK Balmi were also ordained. Rev D B Gokavi, Rev Asangi, Rev Jogal, Rev Kanavalli, Rev Sadmal, Rev Adina, Rev Niranjan and Bishop Balmi have served as pastors of this church. Presently, Rev S H Ullagaddi has been serving as the pastor and has taken a lot of interest in the development of this church. A tailoring class has been started in the name of Miss Brisco, to train poor women in tailoring. Besides, the church is also running a pre-nursery English medium school.

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